Temwachi Mphande #FACESOFUCF
“One of my proudest moments here at UCF was when I was able to speak on a panel representing women in STEM. This is because it was a reminder to myself that there will be no need to shatter glass ceilings if I am aiming for the sky.”
My name is Temwachi Mphande, and I am an international student from Lusaka, Zambia. I am currently a sophomore pursuing a degree in Biomedical Sciences at UCF. My ultimate goal is to use this degree to get into a medical school of my choice and hopefully become a surgeon one day.
I chose to come to UCF because it is a very diverse university and being an international student, my priority was to find a place that I could call home for the next 4-5 years. I looked at the programs offered here and I also did a lot of research on the university. Through my findings, I decided that UCF met my expectations of a home far away from home and now I am here and I do not regret the decision I made.
I am the last of two children born to my parents and so I always grew up having my sister as an only friend. For this reason, I am always seeking to meet new people and explore new adventures and Zambia was the perfect place for me to do it. I strongly believe that Zambians are very open people, very welcoming and cheerful. In our society, we are raised to think of others as family. A little bit about the traditional culture: Zambia is home to 172 tribes and each tribe has its own dialect that is named after the tribe itself. I am half Lala (mother) and half Tumbuka (father). Additionally, I speak other dialects as well called Nyanja and Bemba because these are some of the bigger Zambian tribes.
So far at UCF, I have been privileged enough to serve as a GO Teamer for the spring and summer 2016 semesters. I am currently serving as a mentee on the Judicial Leadership Council of SGA. I strongly believe that there is much service that can be done through leadership and I try as much as I can to pursue leadership opportunities because they force me to learn more about myself and about others as I serve them. I am constantly growing into a better human being through all my involvement at UCF, be it through the clubs that I have joined, the volunteering I’ve been a part of and so much more. However, it is only just the beginning and I am ready to accomplish so much more here at UCF. I strive to put my best foot forward because here on after, I am not representing only myself, but Global UCF, my family, and my country. All I can say is UCF has been good to me so far and I am not taking that for granted.
My journey at UCF as an International woman has been tremendous to say the least. Not only have I been privileged enough to explore different opportunities in my academics, leadership, and of course community service, but excel in them as well. If there’s one thing that I have learned being here it is that the only thing that can limit me is my own mind. With every step, I take here at this university, I hope to live a little bit of me in everything I am passionate about. I wear my heart on my sleeve, because as women we know nothing less than selfless, boundless love. I remind myself that not only do I speak for me, but for women who are not privileged enough to chase their goals, and for women who have been fed with the notion that they are inadequate. One of my proudest moments here at UCF was when I was able to speak on a panel representing women in STEM. This is because it was a reminder to myself that there will be no need to shatter glass ceilings if I am aiming for the sky.